Klopp allays Moreno fears after Champions Cup defeat

Date published: Tuesday 2nd August 2016 7:26

Alberto Moreno: Limped off

Jurgen Klopp has allayed injury fears regarding Alberto Moreno after the left-back limped off in the defeat to Roma.

Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States ended in a 2-1 International Champions Cup defeat to the Italian outfit and Moreno, himself a half-time sub, had to be replaced with 10 minutes to go.

However, Klopp played down the injury: “He is okay, it’s dead leg in the hamstring. He couldn’t activate the muscle so you cannot play. That’s how it is,” he told the club’s website.

The Serie A side won it thanks to goals from Eden Dzeko and Mohamed Salah either side of Sheyi Ojo’s equaliser in St Louis.

Klopp named a strong side, with starts for Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge, but it was Roma that started better.

Former Manchester City striker Dzeko had already missed two good chances when he fired into the bottom corner after a fine turn just before the half-hour mark.

The Reds were level before the break, though, when Ojo headed home from James Milner’s corner.

But the decisive moment came just after the hour when Salah restored Roma’s lead as he poked home after Simon Mignolet had saved Dzeko’s header.

Liverpool were unable to get back into the game and suffered just their second defeat of pre-season as they return home to play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

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